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Siena, Montepulciano and Firenze postcard

Siena, Montepulciano and Firenze postcard

Siena, a few days before the Palio, with the funny lamps and the flags to the colours of each neighbourhood, and the rings on the walls waiting for their horses.. Montepulciano    Firenze            
Salon Cote Sud 2016: inspiration nature

Salon Cote Sud 2016: inspiration nature

With the Salon, finally comes the summer!!!  This year, the ethno-chic trends keeps flowing; the omnipresence of green in interior design is becoming overwhelming to my taste, but thankfully, blues (and indigo in particular) are « the new black ». I welcome the continuing development of hand made porcelain and ceramics by many young designers largely represented...
Mosaics by the sea in Marseille

Mosaics by the sea in Marseille

This collaborative project was initiated by Paola Cervoni, an art therapist. It groups various schools, social centres, art clubs, individuals and retirement homes around Marseille, and is intended to cover part of the « longest bench in the world ». It was initially approved by the town to cover over double of the present length but was...
Meisenthal Glass factory

Meisenthal Glass factory

Meisenthal, like a few better known villages around as: St Louis, Lalique, Baccarat, were built around a glass or cristal factory. The museum guides explain that the secret of the chemistry for making glass and cristal, was so precious at the time, that it was always set up in very remote valleys were spies could...
Titine

Titine

The story starts with an idea: refurbish a vintage caravan into a fun-loving bar/occasional extra bedroom for guests…… next thing we know, our friends Alain and Benedicte show up at our place with « Titine » at the back of the car/truck (but that’s another long story…) So here is Titine with Alain and Ben, before the...
V&A Refreshment Rooms

V&A Refreshment Rooms

Although the V&A is one of my favourite haunts in London. My memories of awful « restaurants » in the Kensington museums when the kids were toddlers always kept me away from having any kind of meal in one of them… But there is good news: the London restaurant scene upgrading has also widely touched the Kensington...
Salon Cote Sud 2015

Salon Cote Sud 2015

This year’s edition had a strong accept on craftsmanship as witnessed by the main exhibits by the pond: Glassbolwing:   Boqa, the company behind the Acapulco chair revival in France’s terraces Marius Fabre traditional « savon de Marseille » As this year was the 25th birthday of the magazine, there was an extensive collection of limited edition...
18e aux sources du design, Chateau de Versailles

18e aux sources du design, Chateau de Versailles

Making good use of a long flight connection in Paris by visiting this intimate exhibition at the Chateau de Versaille. See link here: http://www.chateauversailles.fr/les-actualites-du-domaine/evenements/evenements/expositions/18e-aux-sources-du-design/design/quelques-chefs-duvre-1 I was quite intrigued by the idea put forward that 18e century might be a revolution in design as well: that styles like Louis XV and XVI styles could be seen as...
NY Design

NY Design

Searching interesting design shops to check out in NY I found this amazing website: http://bddw.com and it turns out that the shop is even more awesome, unfortunately so are the prices, but that’s quite easily understood, everything here is a one off piece, and it’s pretty clear that a lot of work, thought and expertise goes into...
Hubert Le Gall, Design en liberté, Riom

Hubert Le Gall, Design en liberté, Riom

Wasn’t expecting to find Hubert Le Gall’s excentric poetry in the middle of central France, but here it is, and it was well worth the trip!   
1925, quand l'Art deco séduit le monde, Cite de l'architecture

1925, quand l’Art deco séduit le monde, Cite de l’architecture

Of course there is an assumed nostalgia about the time when France was within the worlds leading countries…. but you can’t help being nostalgic about about a modernity that joyful and worry less… And times when women after being put to work during WWI, decided they were not going to go back to their kitchens...
Ochres in Rome

Ochres in Rome

On our second trip to Rome, we still haven’t discovered but a fraction of it’s museums and it’s monuments, we just tend to get lost in those romantic narrow streets, nose up, admiring the graceful ochre frontages…   Ochres are also in the antique brickwork….   …and even the cars follow the proper colour-coding!